In the 1980s and 1990s, the Department of Housing and Urban Development began to look at ways to coordinate housing assistance with public and private resources to enable assisted families to achieve economic self-sufficiency. Two pilot projects were developed, Project Self-Sufficiency and Operation Bootstrap. Both demonstrated that families need essential services including, but not limited to: child care, transportation, medical care, long-term education and employment training, in order to move toward economic self-sufficiency. Increased self-sufficiency reduces dependence on government subsidies.
Since 1996, the Housing Authority of the City of Pasco and Franklin County (HACPFC) has offered the Family Self-Sufficiency Program to Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) participants. The program combines housing assistance along with the support and guidance of an FSS Coordinator to help the participant reach self-sufficiency through the creation of a list of achievable goals and a path to reach them. Goals must center on the pursuit of self-sufficiency, e.g. higher education or vocational training, homeownership, entrepreneurship, etc.
Those who receive assistance through the HCV program may participate in FSS. If interested, contact HACPFC for more information.